Phillies RHP Papelbon upbeat entering spring camp

By Associated Press 10:57pm, February 17, 2014
Jonathan Papelbon wants to be a more positive influence in his third season with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox for a $50 million, four-year contract with Philadelphia in November 2011. But the Phillies had a .500 record in 2012 and went 73-89 last season for the franchise's first losing record in 11 years, and Papelbon did not take it well.

Papelbon says Monday he is trying to leave the negativity in the past.

Papelbon went 5-1 last year with 29 saves in 36 chances and a 2.92 ERA in 61 games. But only three regular closers in the major leagues had more blown saves than the right-hander.

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